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Performance hermeneutic?

While watering the garden yesterday (by hand, within allocated time slot), I not only wrote one of the sermons for the missional hermeneutics course I've just done, but I began to wonder what the goal of a PhD that incorporates the Esther project might be. (I say I, I really mean my brain did what it does when I'm not concentrating, and found it's own way to creativity ...)So I (my brain) wondered if I might explore a performance hermeneutic. This would be to understand the (in this case Biblical) text through internalising and performing as a means of communicating the message. Reading the text in order to communicate the text orally. I could then explore the possibility for such a hermeneutic through theatre with the Esther project, and perhaps through Biblical storytelling, maybe with the Romans/Phoebe project I have been saving for a future opportunity.  That gives a couple of performance modes (excluding many, including music, I know), and also tests the hermeneutic wi…

A theatre company & a PhD

The Esther project is generating much interest among my fellow students, and others I talk to. It's a daunting thought, but it is exciting, to think this idea of mine might engage the imaginations of  others. It was suggested to me last week that I might be able to use this project as a creative element of a PhD, expediting that particular goal. I've been thinking about it a lot since then, and also about the goals of the Esther project. I don't know if I'll be repeating myself on this blog, but if I am, with any luck, my thinking has progressed somewhat, even if it is a little circular.  Sandy, who is going to mentor and/or officially supervise me through this project/placement, asked me what I want to achieve through it. I hope the forming of this theatre company, for a year or longer, will help the Uniting Church to live out its stated goal to embrace alternative forms of Christian community, in order to provide opportunities for people to engage with alternative Chr…

update - Esther project

So I really have been given the go ahead from the faculty to gather a theatre company to, in the first instance, tell the story of Esther in a theatre restaurant setting for the 2010 Fringe. 
I'm talking to a Uniting Church congregation about the possibility of this company being based in partnership with them, and once it's all official, I'll be bombarding everyone I know with invitations to pray for this initiative, and with invitations for people to participate in this theatre company come alternative Christian community.  I hope there are people around Adelaide who will be excited by this possibility, with a broad range of gifts, passions, skills, etc. We'll need finance and promotional, administrative and techie people as much as we'll need actors, stage designers and costumiers.  I hope this will be a company that might build a reputation for excellence in telling the sacred stories of sacred encounters throughout history, through our own lives, for many years t…

semi random thoughts

I've been thinking about hermeneutics a bit, being in the middle of a missional hermeneutics intensive at college, and I was wondering how I'd explain 'hermeneutics' to a non theological student ... I thought I could illustrate hermeneutics as interpretation, by saying that one could read Shakespeare (or watch), and interpret the plays with, say, a feminist 'hermeneutic', or lens. You could also interpret Shakespeare with a theological hermeneutic, though I'm not sure that's quite so helpful. See, the thing is, when we interpret the Bible, the authors have a message they want the reader / audience to believe, to accept, adopt, adhere to.  With Shakespeare, he's much more elusive as author - I don't think he writes the plays with a message he wants to convert the audience to. Shakespeare writes human characters in order to hold up a mirror to humanity, for us to reflect on our human experience. (I don't think that's the case for all non-bi…